Fernando Lanhas

Fernando Lanhas

Born in Porto on September 16, 1923. He graduated in Architecture at the Escola Superior de Belas Artes do Porto in 1947. In addition to his work as an architect, he was professionally involved in other areas such as painting, archaeology, museology and astronomy.

A pioneer of geometric abstract art in Portugal, he was an active organizer of the Independent Exhibitions, between 1944 and 1950.

In 1949 he received the Marques de Oliveira National Drawing Prize and was part of the Portuguese representations at the Venice (1954) and São Paulo (1953, 55, 57, 59, 61 and 75).

In 1973, it is appointed director of the Ethnographic and Historical Museum of Portoa position he holds until the end of the year. 1993.

In 1977 he was appointed General Secretary of the “Geography of Color” at the Center Georges Pompidou, Paris.

In 1986 he had a tribute salon at the 5th International Art Biennial in Vila Nova de Cerveira and, in 1987 and 1993, the entire presentation of his work by the Secretariat of State for Culture, in Lisbon and Porto. In 1997 he received the Amadeu de Souza-Cardoso Grand Prize and in 2000 the CELPA-Vieira da Silva Plastic Arts Consecration Prize.

In 2005 he was awarded the Degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Faculty of Fine Arts of Porto, with the exhibition “Lanhas c.1945”, at the Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis.< /p>

He passed away on February 4, 2012, in the city of Porto.